Takisanji Oni Matsuri

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The Takisanji Oni Matsuri (Takisanji Ogre Festival) at Takasanji Temple in Aichi Prefecture takes place on the evening of the last day of shushoe (修正会) – an annual ritual to pray for peace and good harvest for the coming year, which lasts for seven days from January 1st in the old Japanese calendar. This unusual festival, which features a spectacular fire-based purification ceremony, is said to have begun during the rule of Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147–1199), founder and first Shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate of Japan.

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